Feilding’s Margaret Morris chose to retire to Enliven’s Coombrae Village after considering many Manawatu retirement villages. Almost a decade on and she’s still pleased with her choice.
“I remember seeing the villa for sale and my family said, ‘shall we have a look here?’ I went in and felt right at home. I’ve never looked back,” says Margaret.
The smaller size of the village and its proximity to Coombrae Home means it’s easy for Margaret to get involved in the many activities she enjoys, including volunteering at the home.
“I help run the Coombrae Club. Every Monday afternoon around 20 people get together in the home’s recreation room to knit and play table games. The home’s recreation staff make us lovely pikelets for afternoon tea.”
Margaret also helps run a memory group for people with dementia.
“I use cards to prompt people’s memories. They turn over a card and name the object featured and then have to match it with a corresponding card. It sounds simple but it really helps residents remember happy stories from their lives.”
Knowing her neighbours also brings Margaret pleasure.
“We always wave and say hello to each other. Coombrae Village has a real village atmosphere, and you can be as social as you wish. You have your own space, but company is just a few steps away.”
As well as enjoying a tight-knit community, residents at Coombrae Village have easy access to additional services provided by Enliven including short or long-term healthcare assistance, practical home help such as cleaning and meals.”
“I’m more than happy here – when people ask what it’s like to live in a retirement village, I tell them I love it.”
Coombrae Village open home 14 February 2022.
Coombrae Village Manager Stephen Prabhakaran is available to answer questions or give a tour of the village. To request an information pack or arrange a viewing phone 06 366 0444 or email .